2017 was a memorable year – together we marked many sustainability successes. As we set our sights on 2018, we look back at some of the highlights:
- The Calgary Zoo was certified as Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF), and was honoured as the 1st tourist attraction in Canada to do so! The zoo was also proud to be officially certified 100% Ocean Wise.
- The Annual Easter Eggstravaganza focused on farm-to-fork, supporting and championing local producers and suppliers, and businesses with strong sustainable messages.
- We took time to E-rase the E-Waste! Working with Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP), the zoo hosted a four day electronic recycling event in the name of Earth Day in April of 2017.
- Calgarians took action for wildlife conservation! Working with Rainforest Alliance, the zoo set up a Conservation Action tent to educate visitors about purchasing forest-friendly products through games and activities. Another tent was created to educate about the importance of pollinator friendly plants.
- Land of Lemurs opened, marking the first new building opened at the zoo since 2012’s Penguin Plunge. The habitat was built with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sustainable lumber where possible, and the zoo began working with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership to aid native African lemurs through re-forestation and community conservation efforts. The indoor building also features glass with custom etching – to deter wild birds from hitting the windows.
- The Calgary Zoo kicked our composts into high gear using new JORA bins! Fruits and vegetables were collected from the kitchens turned into compost. In only five months in 2017, 400 kg of waste was transformed into excellent quality compost and used it in our gardens!
- Success with waste! Since rolling out our three-stream bins on Earth Day 2016, the Calgary Zoo reduced our waste by 50 per cent – that’s 103,867 kg in one year, and equivalent to the weight of 87 giraffes!
We have entered 2018 with a renewed passion for sustainability, conservation, and a determination to continue to save species. The support of our zoo family, volunteers, visitors and donors means the world to us, and enables us to continue our mission.
We look forward to many more years in our journey as Canadian leaders in wildlife conservation.